There are several books due to be released soon that are inspired by the works of Charles Dickens. We'll see if they have the same staying power -- not one of Charles Dickens' 20 novels has gone out of print since his death in 1870.
The new novels inspired by Dickens are:
- Drood by Dan Simmons: imagines the unsolved mysteries of the author's final years. (due out February 9)
- The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl: imagines the quest of Dickens' American publisher to discover the ending to Drood. (due out March 17)
- Wanting by Richard Flanagan: features Dickens as a character, defending the reputation of the real-life Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, who disappeared in a search for the fabled Northwest Passage amid reports of cannibalism. (due out May 12)